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Officer involved accident leaves man in critical condition

By: Ruben Veloz, El Paso Police

El PASO, Texas-- A man is in critical condition Friday morning, after crashing his Ford Mustang into a police unit late Thursday night.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on Gateway East Blvd, just east of Lomaland Dr. in the Lower Valley.

Police shutdown traffic on Gateway East for several hours leading into Friday morning, between Lomaland Dr. and Stanley St. to investigate the crash.

El Paso police spokesman Det. Mike Baranyay said the Mission Valley police officer was standing outside of his patrol car on the Gateway, after having pulled over the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta for speeding.

Police said that's when the officer noticed a 1999 silver Ford Mustang coming toward them at a high rate of speed. The officer managed to run out of the way, right as the Mustang rear-ended the patrol car. The patrol car was pushed into the rear of the Jetta.

Police said the officer noticed the driver of the Mustang was unresponsive. Paramedics were called to the scene. They determined that the driver had no pulse, and began performing CPR on the drier. 

"He did not have a pulse. (Paramedics) began CPR and transported him" to Del Sol Medical Center, said Baranyay.

Police said the driver of the Mustang was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Jetta was not injured, and no other injuries were reported.

El Paso police are continuing their investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.



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